CRASH Japan - Christian Disaster Relief
The Partnership Phase

In the past twelve months, CRASH Japan's disaster response has implemented the relief phase (meeting physical needs) and the recovery phase (meeting emotional needs). The Partnership Phase will commence on April 1st lasting until September 30th. Our mission continues to be serving the local church by mobilizing Christians to bring help and hope to the survivors of the disaster. During the first twelve months (relief and recovery phases) we embarked on an ambitious plan to mobilize thousands of Christians throughout the entire disaster area through five regional bases. Over 2,388 Christian volunteers (some are repeaters) have now been deployed through those bases.

 
What God Has Done: The First Year of "LOVE on Japan"

In reviewing the statistics for what CRASH Japan has accomplished in the year since the March 11 earthquake, it's clear that God is still in the business of performing miracles like he did through Jesus in John 6.

"Jesus soon saw a huge crowd of people coming to look for him. Turning to Philip, he asked, 'Where can we buy bread to feed all these people?' He was testing Philip, for he already knew what he was going to do. Philip replied, 'Even if we worked for months, we wouldn't have enough money to feed them!' Then Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, spoke up. 'There's a young boy here with five barley loaves and two fish. But what good is that with this huge crowd?'

'Tell everyone to sit down,' Jesus said. So they all sat down on the grassy slopes. (The men alone numbered about 5,000.) Then Jesus took the loaves, gave thanks to God, and distributed them to the people. Afterward he did the same with the fish. And they all ate as much as they wanted."

Within hours of the giant earthquake in Japan on Friday, March 11, 2011 CRASH Japan president Jonathan Wilson announced a meeting to organize a response. Over one hundred people showed up eager to help but -- like the little boy in John chapter 6 -- none of us had much to offer. Frankly, we were a bunch of "amateurs" who knew little about disaster relief work. What we did have was a core group of deeply committed people who believed that God wanted us to be his "hands and feet" on the ground here in Japan. We offered what we had, that is all we could do.

After Dr. Brian Stiller, Global Ambassador for the World Evangelical Alliance (WEA), visited the disaster zone late last year he wrote, "In the middle of these sad and hopeless communities, Christians have set about to do what most would never have believed they could do. They were considered too small to do much."

We are all weak human beings. The church in Japan is very small. However, God has blessed. God multiplied what CRASH Japan started with. As you watch the video marking one year since the beginning of our "Love on Japan" campaign we invite you to give thanks to God. Please keep praying for Japan!

 
3.11 Anniversary Slideshow

March 11 marks the first anniversary of one of Japan's worst disasters in history. For most people from outside the disaster-hit Touhoku region, memories of the tragedy are fading. But for those who lost everything, for those still dealing with dislocation and the fear of radiation, the pain has never left. The future is still very uncertain for thousands of survivors and the journey of finding healing, peace and hope has only just begun.

Created by CRASH Japan volunteer Martin Barker using photos taken by volunteers, this video slideshow documents some of the most excruciating moments of the disaster. It also shows how the body of Christ has been working hard with survivors to bring warmth and comfort. Watch the video and see how God is working in Japan as we commemorate the anniversary of this momentous event. Please continue to pray for Japan!

 
3.11 Memorial: Prayer Requests and Prayer Event

Calling for an International "Wave" of Prayer for Japan

Written by Japan Evangelical Association

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Thank you for your support and prayers for Japan and the JEA.

March 11th, 2011 will mark the one year anniversary of the huge quake that has so deeply affected our nation. In association with the World Evangelical Association, the disaster relief department of JEA invites churches of all denominations around the world to hold a special time of prayer for our nation. We would like to see an international chain of prayer that begins in the Land of the Rising Sun and ends in the West.

 
Pastor Sumiyoshi's Testimony

Written by Pastor Eiji Sumiyoshi (Fukushima Christian Network)

The 3.11 disaster forced 60% of the population of the city of Iwaki to evacuate. Iwaki had suddenly become a ghost town. There in Fukushima prefecture we coped with radiation damage by covering windows and staying home. We needed food and water so we went with other survivors to get those necessities from the city relief center. We survived by helping each other. Supplies began to arrive from DOMEI (the Church of Japan), other Christian organizations, and individuals from around the world, but the Japanese government and other religious organizations hardly did anything in our area.

 
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